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Flu symptoms? Call 8-1-1

Flu season is in full swing and that means many BC residents are attempting to contact health professionals in order to seek advice for their symptoms.

If you have influenza, you can be highly infectious and an unnecessary visit to a hospital or doctor’s office can put others at risk of contracting your sickness.

British Columbians can call 8-1-1 free of charge for health information and advice through the Ministry of Health. This number provides 24-hour access to a registered nurse who will provide medical advice. They can assess symptoms over the phone and then advise if you need to visit the doctor or go to a hospital.

Translation services are also available in 130 languages.

More information can be found here.

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